Conversations and Journal Entries

Conversations at Emerging Leader Labs

Mary was my coach for Emerging Leader Labs.  We skyped twice a week.  She brought sharp honesty and clarity when I needed it.  She gave me great advice that was hard to hear, but so desperately needed.  She helped me establish clear goals and held me to them throughout the program.  I am very grateful for her generous gift of time and patience.

Arthur Brock has been leading innovation in social design for many years.  During Emerging Leader Labs Arthur led many conversations about communication, group dynamics, and personal growth.  In this picture he is describing how to use "language that moves things".  He also explained Neuro-Linguistic Programming and led us through a wonderful exercise that demonstrated it. Arthur and Eric Harris-Braun also discussed Living Systems Wealth, different kinds of wealth that live outside of our current economy and how they could be expressed in different kinds of currencies.  Arthur also led discussions on topics like "coherence of ego/identity/personality vs. growth/change" , "Circles of Engagement", "Promises for Enrolling Partners", "Accountability + Permission", "Specialized Language", "Coherence Holding", "The Art of Yes", "Dream Team Technologies Founding Documents", "Current-Sees", "Dimensions of Incentives", "Spiral Dynamics", "Flexing our Identities" and "Stages of Conversations".

Eric Harris-Braun

I interviewed Eric Harris-Braun, an organizer of Emerging Leader Labs on July 19, 2013.  Unfortunately the video cut off right before the juiciest part of the conversation.  Eric and I came to the understanding that this new technologically supported expressive capacity would allow decentralized information sharing, which would allow people to play "games" together.  The example that we came up with was of a farm putting carrots in a box by the road and anyone who is playing the game and happened to be driving by could pick up the box of carrots and deliver them to the grocery store, earning some sort of credit or reputation in the system for doing so.  These "games" would create totally decentralized, cooperative structures that would be much more efficient than current structures.

Mickki Langston

Mickki is the director of the Mile High Busines Alliance in Denver, Colorado.  She joined in with us for group time talking about the different tools that we can use to "upgrade" a conversation from trauma sharing to inspiring and co-creating.  We listed these tools by personality types, to see what tools might be natural or work the best for each of us.

Eric Bear Ludwig

Eric Bear was my housemate during Emerging Leader Labs. He is working on a way to connect communities with people who want to live in communities called Sangha.is.  He is also putting together an Agile Learning Center at the Quaker Intentional Village Canaan.  I have appreciated his direct honesty.  We had some intense discussions about communication, as he shares some of my difficulties with expressing empathy.  It was great to see someone else struggling with the same issue and watch how he dealt with it in the group.

Madison Dezelsky and Ruben Alvarado

Madi and Ruben were on the support team at Emerging Leader Labs.  They really lit things up with their warmth and playfulness.  I had wonderful conversations with each of them, but their smiles and laughter said more than words ever could.

Claire was on the support team at Emerging Leader Labs.  I had many wonderful conversations with Claire.  She is someone with a big heart who listened to me when I really needed it.  She led me through a Sedona Method practice to help me let go of judgments and anger.

Whitney Walpole

Whitney is the founder of Culture Counts a consulting firm for organizations based in Colorado.  She led a discussion about the four fears that come up in social situations, how to feel them in the body and use physical movement to dispurse them.  We also talked about personality types/skill sets that are valuable to organizations and how to figure out your sweet spot of what is the "real you" and how to avoid pretending to be someone you're not.

Felix Bivens is the director of Empyrean Research, a consulting firm for NGOs that helps them develop comprehensive metrics for impact and value creation.  He led a talk about metrics we could use to measure the outcomes of Emerging Leader Labs.  This helped me in writing the outcomes part of my output packet.

Gaia University Conversations

Andrew Langford

Andrew is the Co-President of Gaia University.  He leads the introductory seminars and Transformative Action Learning Certificate course.  The TALC course has included elements on Learning and Unlearning, Design as a Transformative Process, Thinking about Worldviews, Growing Leaderful Communities, and Generating Fabulous Output Packets.  I have really appreciated all of this information and integrated it with everything else I've been learning.  Below are the mind maps I made for these elements.

Un/Learning

Ecosocial Design

Worldviews

Creating Leaderful Communities

Ariane is my Main Advisor at Gaia University.  We have a monthly skype session where we talk about my goals and progress in my pathway at Gaia U.  Below are the notes from our first four meetings.

Jennifer English

I had a skillflex session with Jennifer talking about the Financial Permaculture Institute and how I could become involved with their Summit next spring or possibly grants.  I helped her by looking up a few foundations and seeing what grant opportunities are available and what the requirements are.  They are interested in putting together a business incubator in Florida, the location of last year's and this year's summits, and an online webinar course in Financial Permaculture.

Charles Thibodeau

Charles is one of my Guild Buddies at Gaia University.  He is starting a permaculture consultancy in Canada.  We have a weekly meeting set up to Skype.  He has been a great person to talk to about permaculture and business design.  It has been wonderful to have someone from Gaia U to connect to and build my communication skills around my project.

Danielle deRuyter

Dani is another of my Guild Buddies at Gaia U.  She is consulting on a permaculture project in California to build a teaching garden for inner city youth.  She is a sweet energetic person who was immediately an amplifier for me.  She is supportive and understanding.  It's so wonderful to talk to someone who fully appreciates what I am trying to do.

Writing and Presentations

Fierce Compassion: How Nonviolent Communication can Fuel the Revolution

Fierce Compassion: How Nonviolent Communication can Fuel the Revolution

Fierce Compassion: How Nonviolent Communication can Fuel the Revolution

Personal Level

Personal Level

Interpersonal Level

Interpersonal Level

Organizational Level

Organizational Level

Societal Level

Societal Level

I wrote this paper in April of 2013 after I attended A Path With Heart: A Nonviolent Communication and Social Change Telesummit.  I was so moved by what the speakers said that I felt like I needed to capture it in a way that I could go back and remind myself of it and be able to share it with the world.

Regenerative Dynamics: A Pattern Language for Social Organisms

Introduction

Introduction

Individual Internal Dynamics

Individual Internal Dynamics

Individual External Dynamics

Individual External Dynamics

Collective Internal Dynamics

Collective Internal Dynamics

Collective External Dynamics

Collective External Dynamics

I wrote this paper in August of 2013 after I gave a presentation about Regenerative Dynamics at the Emerging Leader Labs Showcase.  It explains the framework that I created to talk about group dynamics in terms of social, organizational, and ecological intentions.  It's a way to give context to a wide range of tools and contexts so I can more easily engage a group in talking about how their group is functioning and what they could do to improve their human ecosystem.

Showcase Presentation

I gave this presentation at the Emerging Leader Labs Showcase on July 27th.  I talked about Regenerative Dynamics.

We did "Project Slams" several times, where we would take turns giving inspirational speeches about our projects for about 5 minutes.  In this project slam I distinguished the differences between decision making paradigms including Hierarchy, Consensus, Consent, and the subtle difference between Sociocracy and Holacracy.  This was an important turning point for me in being able to clearly articulate why I think this paradigm shift is so important.